Walk + Bike Challenge Month
Look left and click to register your school for this event and to receive information and incentives to get your Challenge started.
The Walk + Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. The Challenge is hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and other partners.
During the Challenge, school coordinators track the number of students biking, walking, and skating to school throughout the month. At the end of the Challenge, prizes go to the schools that log the most biking trips, the most walking trips, largest total number of students walking and biking, and highest percentage of students (out of the total school population) walking and biking.
Nationwide the rate of kids biking or walking to school has been on the decline since the 1970s while the risks to kids’ physical health and well-being associated with inactivity have risen. But in Portland, the percentage of kids biking or walking to school has risen from 28% in 2006 to 42% in 2012.
This remarkable trend is a reflection of the public’s commitment to investing in safe biking and walking routes, education, and encouragement programs like the Walk + Bike Challenge. The trend is also seen in communities around the state as Oregon is the national leader in overall participation in Walk + Bike events.
Many to all of the schools that register will receive free incentives that may include:
- great stickers
- temporary tattoos (kids love ‘em!)
- prize ribbons (like the ones you used to have on your peg board!)
All participating schools received a free coordinator packet that includes:
- tips and resources for promoting the event
- organizing parent volunteers
- procuring local prizes
- how to track active transportation trips taken by students
The BTA will hold weekly prize drawings for schools that log trips each week to win extra incentives, gift certificates, and other great prizes.
When you sign up for the Challenge, you can also sign up for Walk+Bike to School Day in October! It is another great event to get kids walking and biking for health and fun!
“Here in Oregon we have a valuable reputation as a national leader in active transportation. Yet there is more work to be done to build healthy, safe streets for our kids. The Walk + Bike program is a great way for schools to show how much demand exists in the community for investments in walking and biking routes, programs, and education."
- Rob Sadowsky, BTA Executive Director